CES 2016 Delivers the Latest in VR Tech and 8k Displays

CES 2016 is almost over, and once again it’s been an action-packed show. As always, you couldn’t take five steps across the showroom floor before bumping up against a massive über-resolution television display, but the biggest breakout star of the show was virtual reality.

The Year of VR

Unsurprisingly, Virtual Reality took center stage at CES 2016. There are a number of major VR players expected to enter the market in 2016, including Oculus, HTC, and Sony. Oculus (now owned by Facebook) just announced preorders for their Oculus Rift VR headsets earlier this week. The preorder price of $599 caused some initial blowback on social media, perhaps due to the comparatively low cost of the initial development kits at $350. Even so, that hasn’t hampered the wild popularity of the multi-level Oculus booth at CES.

HTC also presented the latest version of its Vive VR headset, which now boasts a front-facing camera. This addition presents a clever solution to the problem VR users encounter with having no contextual awareness of their real-world surroundings by enabling the incorporation of real-world surroundings into the VR experience.

Finally, Sony CEO Kaz Hirai stated there are “about 100 or more titles” in development for Playstation VR. While Sony may not have made quite as big a splash at CES this year compared to competitors, if Oculus and HTC can be outpaced in terms of launch software it may not matter. Only time will tell but we should have a much clearer picture by next year’s CES.

8k Emergence

8k televisions aren’t a new phenomenon, but they did have a more prevalent showing at this year’s CES. LG showcased its impressive UH9800 model, a mountainous 98-inch “super ultra-high definition” 8k television boasting moving speakers, designed to create a more impactful audio experience. While LG was tight-lipped on the price, reasonable expectations would place well within a 6-figure ballpark if Sharp’s 85-inch display is any comparison at $133,000.

Samsung also announced had its own line of SUHD TVs featuring 10-bit Quantum Dot technology capable of displaying one billion colors and impressively dark blacks that compare favorably with the latest OLED technology. Samsung’s line is also notable for its complete lack of bezels, as the displays seem to run the full length of the units.

Syfy Sync

Last but certainly not least, Gloto’s work was on display at CES this year thanks to Syfy Lab’s presentation of the Syfy Sync app with Philips hue integration. This engaging experience is one of the most immersive ways to experience Syfy’s new breakout space opera, The Expanse. If you have a Philips hue lighting setup in your home, you can use the Syfy Sync app to synchronize The Expanse’s on-screen content with your hue lights and enhance your viewing experience with beautiful and dramatic ambient lighting. To learn more, check out the Syfy Sync case study.

If you want to see your app on display at next year’s CES, Gloto can help make that dream a reality. Reach out to us now via our contact page and let us know how we can help create a CES-worthy app or web experience for your brand today!

Originally published at www.gloto.com on January 8, 2016.